Business Development Advisors (Woodland Creation)

Employer
Forestry Commission England
Location
4 Nationwide Opportunities
Salary
£35,870
Closing date
14 Dec 2022

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Forestry Commission is recruiting a team of Business Development Advisors (woodland creation) to support delivery of the Government’s tree planting ambitions. Successful applicants will be responsible for developing a pipeline of woodland proposals, working with landowners and their representatives to understand where trees can fit into business plans, and supporting them to take the next steps in Woodland Creation.

Part time and flexible working considered, particularly when combined with farming or other land-based activity.

Job summary

Four posts are available, based in the following areas:
-    East & East Midlands (2 posts)
-    Yorkshire & North East (1 post)
-    South East & London (1 post)

The role will be based in the above four areas with flexibility for some optional blended working (see details below). Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.

PLEASE NOTE: Please state on your application form which area you are interested in.

Never has there been a more important time for trees and forests to help tackle the climate emergency and provide a much-needed sanctuary for people and wildlife. Our Prime Minister and our government are committed to creating 30,000ha of woodland a year across the UK by the end of this Parliament. This acceleration in current planting rates in England will contribute to meeting the net-zero by 2050 ambitions, and to government’s wider environmental targets. This was supported by the announcement in the March 2020 budget of a new Nature for Climate Fund ‘to support natural habitats like woodland and peat’.

The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Forestry Commission have set up a joint tree planting programme for England to support the forestry sector, landowners and communities in the delivery of these ambitions.

Forestry Commission will lead the delivery of the following parts of the tree planting programme:

  • Promotion and engagement.
  • Developing sector capacity.
  • Woodland creation on public land.
  • Woodland creation on private land.

As part of the promotion and engagement project, this role will develop a pipeline of woodland proposals through identifying how woodland creation and management can meet land owners’ and managers’ objectives. You will work closely with a broad range of customers and stakeholders, and will have a sound understanding of land management and/or agriculture complemented by an understanding of forestry.

Job description

If you are passionate about the role forestry can play in creating a better future for England, and want to play a part in that, we want to hear from you.

By joining this programme you will become part of a team of passionate, committed colleagues, and you will have the opportunity to build on a wealth of expertise to take this ambitious work forward. You will be able to make your mark by helping the Forestry Commission to revolutionise how we reach new audiences and influence the woodland creation agenda.

Our staff engagement levels are consistently well above the Civil Service average and staff turnover is well below. We value our people, we look after them, and we will look after you. We hope you will join us for the challenge.

The Business Development Advisor will be responsible for identifying opportunities for woodland creation and management that meet land-owners’ and managers’ objectives, to create a pipeline of woodland creation proposals supporting tree planting ambitions.

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